From the end of March till the end of May scenic roads in the tulip area can be used to reach the main goal of this tour, the Storm Surge Barrier in Hook of Holland. The visit to the Storm Surge Barrier, a masterpiece of Dutch hydraulic engineering, will give a good impression of the way the Dutch waterworks counter the threat of the sea. This is the more interesting after the Katrina disaster.
Complementary to this part of the tour one of 3 historic towns can be visited, according to the choice of the touring guests: - The historic town of Delft with the impressive mortuary monument of William of Orange, the founder of the (former) Dutch republic. In the narrow streets of Delft the visitor can walk in the footsteps of the famous painter Johannes Vermeer.
- The historic town of Schiedam, the Dutch gin city, with the tallest windmills of the world and the Distillery Museum with its collection of 20.000 gin bottles. - The Hague, residence of the Dutch government and site of the Peace Palace US Citizen Andrew Carnegie financed the construction of the building with an amount of 1,5 million dollar. The grand opening of the Palace was held in the presence of Mr. Carnegie in 1913.
After seeing one of these 3 places the 19 windmills of Kinderdijk, a World Heritage Monument of UNESCO, will be visited. The outstanding contribution made by the Dutch people to the technology of handling water is admirably demonstrated by the installations in the Kinderdijk area. Construction of hydraulic works for the drainage of land for agriculture and settlement began in the Middle Ages and has continued uninterruptedly to the present day.
The site illustrates all the typical features associated with this technology – dikes, reservoirs, pumping stations, administrative buildings and a series of beautifully preserved windmills. It's possible to cycle on special bike paths in the vicinity of these mills. On the way back the bus will stop at the lowest point of Holland (minus 6.6 meters below sea level).
Note: Prices start from 80 euro per hour. If long distances have to covered, prices will rise, up to 110 euro per hour. Prices are VAT included. Payment preferably in cash euro.
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